Both are mechanisms for removing fats, oils and grease (FOGs) as well as solids from contaminated waste water to:A) Prevent them from solidifying in downstream sewers to cause blockages andB) Reduce the level of treatment required at water-treatment plants to break down the FOGs.
GREASE TRAP - A grease trap/pit/arrestor is a passive device with no moving parts, typically manufactured in concrete or fibreglass with a minimum volume around 1000 litres. It relies onretention time and cooling to trap solids and grease within it. As the solids and grease must necessarily build up inside the trap, its efficiency in retaining this material reduces over time and it must be pumped out and manually cleaned on a regular frequency.Due to its size, a grease trap is normally installed underground, but can also be installed above ground. Grease traps are installed external to a kitchen. Grease traps can be a source of unpleasant odours as the FOGs caught within it rot over time.GREASE GUARDIAN - The Grease Guardian is a compact, above-ground device that automatically removes trapped oil and grease near the source. Its performance can be monitored by the hour and it never needs to be pumped out. Its FOG separation efficiency has been measured in a variety of circumstances as 96-97%.Due to its compact size and self cleaning mechanism, the Grease Guardian can be installed within a kitchen, close to the source of grease, but can also be installed outside if drainage dictates.Some of the problems experienced with grease traps include:
If any of these points listed above is causing your business a problem, it's time to consider the Grease Guardian.
Grease Guardian is a compact, above-ground device whose performance can be monitored by the hour and which never needs to be pumped out. Its FOG separation efficiency has been measured in a variety of circumstances as 96-97%
Grease Guardian is an under-flow device, having baffles and a chamber in much the same arrangement as in a grease trap. However, it also has an active skimming device which daily removes the FOGs from the system and transfers them to a convenient, hand-carried container.
Because it does not need to accommodate the accumulated FOGs for several weeks between pump-outs, Grease Guardian’s tank capacity is less than 40 litres! Grease Guardian is manufactured in AISI304 stainless steel and is therefore extremely hygienic. It is available with IP66 rating which means that it can be washed down by water jets.
Grease Guardian does have a working mechanism but, typically, this operates for only a short period or periods during the day and is so simple that it is not prone to breakdowns. However, if there should be a failure and the unit fails to operate when programmed it gives a visible and an audible signal to the operator of the business. It then continues to operate as static FOG separator until a service technician repairs the problem so that the captured FOGs can then be skimmed off.
Cold weather is not a problem for Grease Guardian. Each unit is equipped with a small, programmable electric heater which is set according to the conditions of each location to keep the FOGs from solidifying and causing blockages. Grease Guardian has an in-built solids screening basket to prevent the build up of solids in the base of the tank. The basket is easily emptied, a recommended daily procedure.
Grease Guardian is delivered in a box and is easily installed by a Plumber, typically under a sink or within the support stand of a combi oven. It requires no water supply and it operates on single phase electrical power.Grease Guardian may be purchased or leased by the operator as an asset of their business and can be depreciated appropriately against tax. It can also therefore be sold as an asset with the business or if the business relocates, the Grease Guardian goes with it.
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Eco Guardians has many years of experience in this field and shares with Water Authorities their goal of cleaning up our waterways by dealing with trade waste issues at source. We invite you to discuss your needs with us so that we can work with you and your local Water Authority to ensure that your business acquires an effective, economical and environmentally sustainable solution to its waste water treatment.
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The benefits are clear:
A major reduction of pollutants in sewers
Reduced loading of grease traps and the possibility of reduced pump-out frequency
Fewer drain blockages, giving both cost and hygiene benefits
WSAA (Water Services Association of Australia) states in its Product Appraisal Report No TWA1008 that "It is recommended that WSAA Members and Associates accept or authorise the Grease Guardian product range for use in sewer networks..."
Eco Guardians is proud to report that a national supermarket chain has recently contracted to use the Grease Guardian until 2014, continuing a relationship that has existed for more than 12 years already. If your food business is handicapped by having a too-small grease trap (or none at all), please be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions above to see how the Grease Guardian may be able to benefit you.
There is a range of models to suit food businesses from 10 covers to hundreds of seats.
A Grease Guardian can deliver all the above benefits without construction costs and in almost no time at all. Eco Guardians are more than happy to help you obtain Water Authority approval as well.
Our Rental Plan for Grease Guardians is a very popular way to get up and running without capital outlay – just call or email us for details. Enjoy the benefits of using our products while preserving your capital.
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